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The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China (review)

The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China (review) 362 China Review International: Vol. 16, No. 3, 2009 In the five years since its publication, this collection has seminally reshaped the development of action cinema in the discipline of film studies. The genre's unique editing style is a useful counterpoint to decenter the canonic pedagogies of classical narration and anti-linear montage. It has reinvigorated debates in adventure and spectacle films; it is also a useful case study for the globalized film form. The book's focus on transnationality and its attendant impact on capital, labor, and body is also central to the emphasis in cultural studies on critical media literacy and cultural materialism. Its cross-cultural approaches also provide a significant challenge to area studies, showing how the intercultural contact zone is an integral platform for engaging the critical connections across different geographies of production, distribution, and spectatorship. In studies of the body, the action genre is an exemplary case study to analyze the globalizing tendencies of genders and sexualities as they embody the latent forces of capital and desires. This book has and will continue to change the way students and scholars approach action films, from the popular films of Hollywood to the new Chinese blockbusters, the experimental http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China (review)

China Review International , Volume 16 (3) – Jan 6, 2009

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362 China Review International: Vol. 16, No. 3, 2009 In the five years since its publication, this collection has seminally reshaped the development of action cinema in the discipline of film studies. The genre's unique editing style is a useful counterpoint to decenter the canonic pedagogies of classical narration and anti-linear montage. It has reinvigorated debates in adventure and spectacle films; it is also a useful case study for the globalized film form. The book's focus on transnationality and its attendant impact on capital, labor, and body is also central to the emphasis in cultural studies on critical media literacy and cultural materialism. Its cross-cultural approaches also provide a significant challenge to area studies, showing how the intercultural contact zone is an integral platform for engaging the critical connections across different geographies of production, distribution, and spectatorship. In studies of the body, the action genre is an exemplary case study to analyze the globalizing tendencies of genders and sexualities as they embody the latent forces of capital and desires. This book has and will continue to change the way students and scholars approach action films, from the popular films of Hollywood to the new Chinese blockbusters, the experimental

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